We would like to welcome Registered Physiotherapists Julian Roach and Ismail Abdelkader to our facility.  Both Julian and Ismail have extensive experience diagnosing and treating the pain, stiffness or weakness that we all feel from time to time. Their goal is to work with you to help you move better, grow stronger and harness your body’s natural abilities. In addition, they can also identify and proactively address any mobility concerns that may be holding you back. Whether your issue is preventing you from hitting a new PR or holding a grandchild, they can help.

Julian and Ismail will be working closely with the coaches of Crux to provide a comprehensive approach to physiotherapy treatment. Where applicable, Julian and Ismail will use the ‘assigned care’ model of care. One-on-one sessions in the gym will be delegated to an appropriate trainer with the program prescribed and overseen by the physiotherapist. Patients will have follow-up reassessments of their progress and re-setting of goals with their physiotherapist.

Please book a free 20 minute consult with Julian or Ismail to discuss how their services could meet your needs.  

All physiotherapy services are eligible to be covered under extended health care benefits. Direct billing available if your plan allows.


The PhysActiv Team


Julian Roach

Julian graduated as a physiotherapist from Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland in 2003. His undergraduate degree in Biological and Medicinal Chemistry was completed in 1991 at the University of Essex, U.K. Since then Julian has had a number of physiotherapy roles in hospitals, private practice and sport. He also holds an adjunct lecturer position at the University of Toronto. Below are some highlights of his career in physiotherapy.

  • 9 years as Finland’s, men’s national cricket team’s head coach and physiotherapist
  • 4 years’ experience at a London, U.K teaching hospital as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist; managed and provided teaching to junior physiotherapist staff
  • A lead therapist at the 2015 Pan AM games’ basketball venue
  • Physiotherapist for 2018, National Indoor Masters Athletics Championships


Ismail Abdelkader

M. Ismail Abdelkader is a physiotherapist with over a decade of experience working in Canada and the Middle East. He received his Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Cairo University in Egypt and went on to become the youngest senior physiotherapist, in 2010 at Qasr El Eyni Hospital (the largest hospital in the region).

In 2014-2015, Ismail attended the University of Toronto's Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Physiotherapists, becoming a registered physiotherapist in Canada. He is also certified as an aquatic therapist through the Canadian Aquatic Rehab, specializing in sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries, and aquatic therapy.

After working with athletes for over eight years, Ismail developed an interest in sports related concussions. He now practices concussion baseline testing and management of post concussion syndrome. Ismail is working towards becoming a certified concussion specialist in June 2018 and a concussion consultant within the next five years.

Not only Ismail is a clinical instructional assistant at University of Toronto, but Ismail is also the President and the co-founder of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapists Bridging Program (OIEPB) Alumni Association and sits on the OIEPB Advisory Council Committee.

Ismail's approach is strongly informed by evidence-based active therapy rather than more passive modalities. Ismail has always had a deep interest in the human body and a passion for helping people increase their wellness and quality of life, and live their best life. Ismail is the founder of CPC, Core Physical Care, and a partner at PhysActiv Sports Medicine Clinic, who helped to build revenue of 80K and 145K respectively in their first operational year.


Asa Tam

Asa is a knowledgeable and seasoned Strength and Conditioning professional with a decade of experience in both the collegiate and private sector. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where he also served as a NCAA Strength and Conditioning Coach for five years. An expert in Olympic Weightlifting and sport performance development, he has trained numerous NCAA Division I and II athletes, as well as many CFL, NFL, OHL, USport and National level athletes. For the past 5 years, Asa was the Director of Athletic Development at Victory Athletic Centre in Richmond Hill. Asa is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) and a Team USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach (USAW1).